Resident Scholarly Research
At Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency, we focus on training our residents to be proficient in the theoretical underpinnings and applied practice of evidence-based medicine. Attendance and participation at monthly Journal Club and bi-monthly Research Seminar meetings is required of all PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents.
Residents participate in data collection and reviews of network studies. Scientific inquiry is required of all residents through a small research project or a clinical quality improvement project. In recent years, Fitchburg Family Medicine faculty and residents have been active in sharing innovations and initiatives with colleagues through conference presentations and publications. Residents are strongly encouraged to work toward presenting their ideas at regional and national conferences and are given time and assistance to attain this goal.
2012 Project Topics
Prevention of Inappropriate Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors in Geriatric Patients
Influenza Vaccinations for Diabetic Patients
The Rate at Which Medical Patients are Referred to Behavioral Health (and Then Go On to Open Clinic)
2011 Project Topics
Resident Training in Opioid Dependence
Influenza Immunization in Diabetics Initiative
Osteoporosis Screening at Community Health Connections, Fitchburg, MA
Mission Impossible: Clinic Schedule Revamp
Improving the Physician/Patient Relationship in the Treatment of Chronic Pain with Narcotics
2010 QI Project Topics
Development of a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Exam and Procedure Template for the
Electronic Medical Record
Osteoporosis Screening for High Risk Patients
Influenza Immunization for the Diabetic Patient
Behavioral Health Screening at Well Child Visits
Scientific writing is encouraged and residents are frequently invited to contribute to chapters in family medicine textbooks, including "The Five-Minute Clinical Consult,” edited by Dr. Frank Domino of UMass Medical School. The residency practice is a member of the UMass Family Medicine PBRN and the AAFP National Research Network.
A key component of the residency's commitment to helping residents understand the principles of evidence-based medicine is the Journal Club, which meets monthly. Residents present and critique a journal article on a clinical issue that arose from their practice. The article is evaluated regarding type and quality of research, and the conclusions of the article are assessed as to the relevance to the clinical question.